Ohood Alharbi is a Registered Dietitian, scientist, philanthropist and a DNA Foodie! She is specialized in gut health, healthy microbiome, and weight loss through diet and physical activity. Since “one size does not fit all” Ohood incorporates a state-of-art approache in laboratory testing known as Nutrigenomics, which tailors a dietary plan to the genetic make-up of each client to enhance outcomes. Ohood is has further expertise to offer with respect to vitamin D, food intolerance, IBD and IBS, as well as prebiotic/probiotic use.
Ohood completed her undergraduate degree in medical laboratory specializing in microbiology (major) and molecular biology (minor). Due to her curiosity on the association between vitamin D and the development of various diet-related chronic diseases, such as cancer, diabetes, and autoimmune diseases, Ohood decided to make a major turn in her career and pursue a Masters in Food and Nutritional Sciences specialized in nutrients inadequacies in older adults. In her PhD, Ohood combined both genetic and nutrition to examined the association between dairy and 25-hydroxyvitamin D, and risk of cardiometabolic diseases using the genetic of lactose intolerance. During which she also looked at the effect of dairy intake on proteomic profile of individuals with genetic predicting lactose intolerance. Some results from Ohood’s PhD research was featured on CTV Canada.
Ohood is a reviewer for scientific journals such the Journal of Current Development in Nutrition, as well as The Global Resource for Nutrition Practice (PEN). She has worked for international universities and has been a graduate mentor for graduate students at the University of Toronto.
She has been an active volunteer at the University of Toronto, and a speaker in different professional and charity organizations such as Dietitians of Canada, Canadian Cancer Society, The Lunenfeld-Tanenbaum Research Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital, and The Scadding Court Mentorship Program in Toronto.
Besides being a dietitian, and active member in the community Ohood also is an advocate for physical activity, and she incorporates sports medicine to overcome any stress related gastrointestinal symptoms that may raise in her life journey with IBS, which she was diagnosed with when she was 18 years old.
Ohood also is a Co-chair Young Professional Development, Canada Saudi Business Council, a member with good standing with the College of Dietitians of Ontario and Dietitians of Canada. She is also a member of the Global Nutrition Network Coalition at the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Member and the American Society of Nutrition.